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Wiles: High Hopes For Youngsters

24 May 2016

Promising Signs For Youth Team

Simon Wiles has high hopes for the next batch of youngsters stepping up to play regularly for the youth team next season.

The Seasiders' Lead Youth Development Phase Coach, who oversees academy players from under-13 to under-16 level, is pleased with the standard coming through. 

"I've got high hopes for the lads that have gone through into the youth team," Wiles told the official website. "A lot of them have had experience with the youth team already this season, which is a credit to them and the standard that we're bringing through.

"I'm delighted to see that Macauley Wilson has got his contract and I just hope that the six, seven, eight boys that we've got through now will kick on and progress to signing professional terms. They've got to impress a lot more people now, but hopefully we'll see some of them make the grade out of the academy."

Wiles is one of numerous ex-Blackpool players to be back on the club's academy books in a coaching capacity and he's determined to help push more local lads into the first-team setup. 

"You've got a lot of ex-players working in the academy who love the club, including the likes of John Murphy, Ciaran Donnelly, myself and Matt Blinkhorn. We all know the ups and downs of football and we're giving them the best opportunity to get ready for a full-time environment and to succeed at professional level.

"The academy is flying and we just want to keep producing players for the first-team. We want to see some of these young lads making their mark on the professional game," he added.

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